Life may be a balancing act,

but are you balancing it well? 

You feel like you are doing the best you can but it never feels like your best is good enough. You’ve tried everything you can think of but you still feel stuck. No matter how much you accomplish, your list never seems to get any shorter. Like a hamster on a wheel; going, going, going, but never actually getting anywhere. No wonder you feel so exhausted. Everyone around you seems like they have it all together. Little do they know your struggles. People think you’re competent and confident. On the inside, you feel like you are just scrambling to hold it together. It feels like an endless cycle of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel just to see the light disappear again.  
People think you’re so accomplished, and when you look in the mirror, you see a fraud. You feel mediocre and alone. You get up every day putting one foot in front of the other, hoping today will be better than yesterday. You put forth your best effort but you never feel like it is good enough; like you are good enough. You are a hard worker, good friend and generous giver. You are the one others rely on when they need help with something. You are the one others call when they have a problem. Everyone looks to you for the answers. No one would guess that the one person who always has it all together is hanging by a thread.

Healing and restoring trust, connection and intimacy in relationships through intentional living, loving, relating.

I see you. Let me be there for you. I am that empathetic, compassionate listener you have been longing for. I help adults with depression, anxiety, trauma and unfulfilling relationships reach their goals of greater overall life satisfaction by providing a place that feel safe. A space you can be vulnerable and truly be seen, perhaps for the first time in your life. We will work together to curate the life you’ve always wanted but weren’t sure how to achieve. With therapy/counseling you can learn how to go from simply getting by, to creating a life that excites and energizes you; one that leads you to a place of contentment, satisfaction and joy. I take a two-prong approach to therapy: Collaboratively we will uncover the origins of your patterns, while simultaneously discovering what coping skills you can implement for immediate symptom relief. I bring to the room a diversified approach to therapy. With over 15 years of clinical and personal experience, as well as countless hours of continuing education, I craft an approach to your therapy as unique as you are.
“I’ve seen many therapists over the years and can honestly say without hesitation that you are THE BEST therapist I’ve ever had! I mean seriously, you are a true hero, like a firefighter you entered my burning house and saved me! Thank you, Mary!”
“All in all life is pretty easy right now, and I feel like I have the right mindset about everything thanks to you. I’ve said it before, but I don’t know if you understand what an amazing influence you have had on my life. You helped me turn the lowest point of my life into my biggest opportunity.”

We don’t have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to.” 
~  Brene Brown

You Are NotAlone...

You would never admit it, but deep down inside you wish someone would be there for you. Here I am! I’m kinda like a wise teacher, nurturing/caring mom, wisecracking/sarcastic best friend/sister all rolled into one. I have also been described as a motivating coach and encouraging cheerleader. Most importantly, I like to think of myself as a fellow traveler. Allow me to walk alongside you during this part of your journey; and together we get you from where you are, to where you want to be.

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